Mar 1 1991

Rape Coverage

Shifting the Blame

Rape, and in particular acquaintance rape, has become something of a human interest story-of-choice for mainstream newspaper editors recently. But more coverage has usually not meant better. When five St. John’s University students were charged in the rape of a fellow student last spring, the New York Daily News went out of its way to present the assailants as more than just nice guys. “To Friends, a Fab 4” was the headline on one story (5/11/90) that quoted the men’s lacrosse coach as saying, “They are the types to give something back to the community.” It isn’t just tabloids that […]